October 2018 Newsletter

Oct 15, 2018 | Uncategorized

Dear Friends of The Sunny Center,


There is a gorgeous array of colors growing in our poly tunnel greenhouse.

The days are growing shorter. The temperatures are getting cooler. And we are readying ourselves for the shortest days and longest nights of the winter season. But, the hearth burns warm at the Sunny Center and we continue to offer a beacon of love, peace and recovery to the wrongfully-convicted all over the world.

Our work is only possible because you care. And we count on your support both emotional and financial to keep our front door open.

Trick or Treat for the Sunny Center!

Please fill our trick-or-treat basket with recurring donations! Any amount will do. That will allow us to count on monthly income So that we can spend more of our time helping exonerees in the United States and around the world.

We are hoping that we can get 100 friends of the Sunny Center to make a recurring donation through this link – large or small. Even a monthly donation of as little as $5 per month can make a big difference in the life of an Exoneree. 


Our Belgian activist visitors enjoyed their stay. 

We hosted a group of activists from Belgium who were eager to learn more about our healing techniques and survival yoga at the Sunny Center.
And we are also awaiting the arrival of an Exoneree from Pakistan and look forward to introducing him to the beautiful and wild countryside of Connemara. 


Ryan is one of our local student volunteers.

A local volunteer, Ryan, helps us with the goats on weekends when he is home from studying agricultural science. We have had a number of local volunteers who have helped us this month, fixing gates, feeding the goats. We look forward to our next live-in volunteer who arrives soon. 


Remember Mini Me? Well I’m all grown-up now and I am still just like my mom!
We found new homes for the two male kids who we hear are adjusting well. The rest of the herd has been giving us milk and cheese – a delight for us to enjoy ourselves but also be able to offer to our guests. 


Sunny Center Coordinator Anne Driscoll gives a talk about wrongful convictions at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUIG.

We are proud to announce that our administrative coordinator, Anne Driscoll, has been selected as a US Fulbright scholar to develop and oversee a new innocence clinic at the National University Of Ireland at Galway. She will be teaching a class about the causes of wrongful convictions and how to investigate them. She has had the innovative and ingenious idea of offering an interdisciplinary approach to wrongful convictions by combining both the law and journalism schools, as well as human rights students. She is heartened by the interest in the issue of wrongful convictions as 90 students have signed up. 


Freedom is life without fences or walls.

Last month we asked our readers,  “When do you feel most at peace?” And we have heard from our supporters that feeling at peace is a profound place of healing. One reader said, “I am at peace when I feel free.” Our question for this month is, how can we live in a more just world? Please send us an email with your response at info@thesunnycenterfoundation@gmail.com.
October 2 was the Fifth Annual International Wrongful Conviction Day and we joined other members of the worldwide innocence movement to remember and honor those who are wrongfully convicted and still awaiting justice.
We know you are part of that movement, that you believe in justice and are doing your share to see that everyone who seeks justice, gets it. We hope you will support us in our efforts to do the same and might consider a donation to underwrite the work of the Sunny Center.
And stay in touch. We love hearing from you. 
Peace and Love, 
Sunny and Peter 

Wishing You a Summer of Healing, Hope and Joy

While the start of summer certainly feels much calmer and more certain than it did last year, plenty of activity is going on at The Sunny Center!

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The need for resources and change within the system is immense. But together, we can start making a difference right away!

You Can Make A Difference for Exonerees Right Now

We are happy and hopeful that we can soon return to working in person with fellow Exonerees. But you can help us right now, even from far away.

You Are Beautiful

It doesn’t matter what shape you are or what size you are. It matters how you feel inside. You are who you are. That’s you. The beauty comes from the energy that you radiate from within.

Exoneree Terry Wanzer, In His Own Words

Terry Wanzer was exonerated in 1996. But it took more than 24 years for the state of Georgia to clear his record. Read Terry’s story.

Celebrating Spring With Our Furry & Feathered Friends

With spring well underway, we thought it a great time to update you on how all of our friends at the Healing Center are doing!

Our Activism: Moving the Needle for Exonerees

March was another great month for activism. We got the word out about the struggle that Exonerees face after being freed, and raised awareness of the need for housing, counseling, medical care, and more – all the things that humans have a right to, and that have been denied to Exonerees for so long.

Watch: Dealing With Grief

It seems these days there is more and more to grieve about: the loss of our normal way of life, the inability to gather together. And sometimes we have to grieve over the emotions that we have to put aside until another time.

One Year On, A Silver Lining During the Time of Covid

Finding a connection even during social distancing. Connection is at the heart of what we do at The Sunny Center. And the pandemic, while making it harder to connect for everyone, made things especially hard for Exonerees. Whether they were recently released or have...

Exoneree David Stonecypher, In His Own Words

David Stonecypher was exonerated in 2019 after more than a decade behind bars in the Philippines. Like many Exonerees, he is facing the challenge of building a new life in a world that has changed dramatically while he was struggling to prove his innocence.

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